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It’s funny the way you notice things. If you saw an elephant in the zoo then you wouldn’t think twice. But seeing one in your back garden may be a bit of a shock. It’s all to do with context.

That’s how his wife’s comment hit Sergeant Jackson. A few days ago his wife saying:

“Oh by the way, if you want to get me at work from now on, dial my mobile – they are changing the telephone system.”

was met with a grunt and an “okay”. Although he thought it a bit strange, he didn’t give it a second thought. But with what he’d discovered yesterday, when she said:

“Don’t forget, use my mobile number to call me!” the comment set alarm bells ringing.

Terry didn’t say anything, but studied his wife as she busied herself over the last of her breakfast and put the cereal bowl into the dishwasher. Claire drank the rest of her coffee quickly, pecked him on the cheek and headed off out of the front door. He could smell, almost taste, the lingering whiff of her perfume as he watched her go. He loved

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It’s funny the way you notice things. If you saw an elephant in the zoo then you wouldn’t think twice. But seeing one in your back garden may be a bit of a shock. It’s all to do with context.

That’s how his wife’s comment hit Sergeant Jackson. A few days ago his wife saying:

“Oh by the way, if you want to get me at work from now on, dial my mobile – they are changing the telephone system.”

was met with a grunt and an “okay”. Although he thought it a bit strange, he didn’t give it a second thought.  But with what he’d discovered yesterday, when she said:

“Don’t forget, use my mobile number to call me!” the comment set alarm bells ringing.

Terry didn’t say anything, but studied his wife as she busied herself over the last of her breakfast and put the cereal bowl into the dishwasher. Claire drank the rest of her coffee quickly, pecked him on the cheek and headed off out of the front door. He could smell, almost taste, the lingering whiff of her perfume as he watched her go. He loved her more than life itself, and he thought how lucky he was to have such a great looking and intelligent soul-mate. Then as he thought about the past six weeks, he could feel his face change and a knot form in his stomach.

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